Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Thailand v Vietnam AFF Cup Final 1st Leg

Looks like a reasonable crowd in the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok including a large group of Vietnamese supporters. Kosin is back for Thailand.

I wonder if there'll be lots of rolling round like we witnessed from the Vietnamese in Singapore and the Thais in Jakarta.

Listening to the commentary I wish I'd gone to the game...

3' - first booking for a Vietnamese player
7' - Sutee free kick hits the wall and goes out for a corner
8' - Nattaporn works the keeper from the corner but it's straight at him
12' - Vietnamese keeper saves point blank from Sutee's header. He started the campaign looking nervy but has improved in the later stages
18' - Nattaporn sends Teerathep wide right but his pull back is poor
20' - plenty of long balls from the Thais as the Vietnamese press in the middle. Still 0-0
22' - Vietnam defending with something like 8 men behind the ball frustrating the Thais
24' - saw this banner earlier but it seems to have gone now
27' - Thais appeal for a pen but not given and the keeper collects from the corner
33' - Thai handball in their box but it's accidental and nothing given.
38' - 1-0 Vietnam! Thang with a free header after a penalty appeal was turned down. The ball swung in from the left and Thang gets in front of two defenders
40' - 2-0 Vietnam! Le Cong Vinh gets his first after Vietnam break. Unselfish owrk and Le Cong gets a simple tap in
44' - Peter Reid could have a busy half time as the Thais seem to lost concentration at the back
45' - Teerathep drives low from 20 yards but the keeper makes a save

Half time Thailand v Vietnam 0-2

46' - Thais come out firing and Sutee sees his header cleared at the far post
49' - a volley by 21 goes just wide from Vietnam
52' - another counter attack with Vietnam two against one. The tie could have been over but the finish was poor
54' - Datsakorn goes down in the box but the ref plays on
56' - there's a lot less diving and timewasting this time round. Both sides are, at the moment, sticking to the football
63' - another good save from the Vietnamese keeper after a 25' yard shot
72' - while the Thais are dominating possession the Vietnamese have the pace to exploit their defence.
73' - Teerathep goes off to be replaced by Ronachai.
75' - 1-2 Thailand score first touch and Ronachai gets a free header and heads home via the post
and the keeper
76' - Teerasil has the ball in the net but linesman has his flag up. We've been seeing decisions like this all tournament where the flag goes up whenever there is daylight between striker and defender irrespective of whether he was onside when the ball was played
80' - Vietnam being harried now and making basic errors with passes going astray and poor touches
81' - Vietnamese keeper makes great save from a Thai free kick. Nervy at the back
82' - like a custard tsunami it's all yellow shirts pushing forward looking for an equaliser
87' - Datsakorn just wide from a 25 yard free kick
90' - 4 minutes injury time

Full time Thailand v Vietnam 1-2

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